Monday, September 30, 2013

News & Info for Oct. 1st, 2013

Community shout-out to Lulu, working hard at the Front Room restaurant, in downtown Vallejo's waterfront!

8:30am interview with...
Doug Darling of the Vallejo Watershed Alliance
Contact []. online at [], Vallejo Watershed Alliance annual planning meeting notes [link].
We'll talk about the projects implemented by the VWA aimed at preserving and enhancing the local ecology, helping bats, fish and other neighbors of our ecosystem thrive despite being within a city. Doug makes a strong shout-out to who he calls the "Hidden Heroes" responsible for the strong Local Agency support, and the Solano Resource Conservation District's environmental education programs they provide in Vallejo for 3rd graders, college and high school!

News and Info
New Economy Week, October 12 - 18, 2013: Seven Days of Action for a more Sustainable World [link].
* Communities for Resilience - Map Your Future Project [link].
* "Policies for Shareable Cities", a guide for urban leaders on how to integrate sharing into city policy. Download your free copy. []
* "The Sharing Economy Just Got Real", 2013-09-16 by Janelle Orsi [link]

From Bay Localize News: On Tuesday August 27th, San Jose city councilmembers voted to ban Styrafoam food containers from restaurants. This vote makes San Jose the largest California city to ban foam containers. The ban on Styrafoam containers can improve water quality in streams and in the Bay, as Styrafoam food ware doesn’t break down as easily as paper or compostable alternatives. San Jose environmentalists also claim that cutting out polystyrene (Styrafoam material) will save restaurant owners money by reducing the amount of trash and therefore restaurant garbage collection rates. Says San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed of the ban: “It’s a step toward zero waste which is one of our long-term goals and it’s good for the environment as well.”

"Series of artist installations to fill up Vallejo Art Windows"
2013-09-15 by Sarah Rohrs from "Vallejo Times-Herald" []:
Call it the second act for the Vallejo Art Windows in the downtown area.
A new series of art installations is about to be installed in a number of windows of vacant businesses in downtown Vallejo, an effort to generate interest and make the area more attractive.
The storefront windows will undergo a new makeover a year after the first series was installed in windows of storefronts along Georgia, Marin and other downtown streets.
The project is part of the efforts of the city-led Downtown Art & Entertainment District, and the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation. The latter organized the artist submission process.
Artists installed the first wave last year, and organizer Erin Bakke said it's time for a change.
Besides the art changing, the perimeters have also expanded and include a storefront in the 500 block of Georgia Street, including the former Helen Layall clothing store. That display will feature elaborate and artistic costumes.
In addition, Casa de Vallejo has agreed to host an art installation in its retail space on Capitol Street, Bakke said.
Participating artists come from Vallejo, including the Coal Sheds studios on Mare Island, the Temple Art Lofts in Vallejo, and from Richmond and other spots throughout the region.
Curator Sean Murdock, a Temple Art Lofts artist in the downtown, said the new installations are fun, interesting and cover a wide range of styles including a Steam Punk display of bird cages.
The second series of Vallejo Art Windows will be unveiled for public viewing 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 in the downtown area. Participants will get maps and artists will be on hand to talk about their installations.
Later in the evening, the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation will hold a gala fundraiser to raise money for its children Summer Art Camp.
Held at the Odd Fellows Hall, the event will include a casino, gourmet food, an auction, and live music and dancing with the Raymond Victor Band. The hall is at 342 Georgia St.
Tickets are $20 for appetizers and gaming chips, or $5 suggested door admission. Tickets can be bought by phone at (707) 552-2400, online at or in person at the Empress Theatre Box Office, 330 Virginia St.
Murdock said he believes the public will be pleased with the new art installations.
"It's an awesome project. One of the reasons why I came to Vallejo is that I saw the Art Windows. It wasn't very busy downtown, but knew the artists had to be hiding somewhere because they were right there in the windows," he said.
For more details go to:

Culture Calender
"Red Dragonfly Productions Calendar of Events" [link]

Support the Curtain Call!
Message from Whitney Mitchell: Good Evening, Curtain Call Parents, Guardians, Talents and Supporters!
I want to invite you, your friends and family to Curtain Call partnership with your community theater, Mira Theater!
Please show your support for Curtain Call’s upcoming production of Grease by dining at the Pasta Pomodoro restaurant in Vallejo, Tuesday, Oct 1st between 5:30pm to 9:30pm, be sure to say you are dining for the benefit fundraiser, or show them a flier for Curtain Call, and the restaurant will donate 20% of the bill for a great cause with arts education!

The Vallejo Rotary Club is pleased to announce its...
Fundraising event for local programs and club services.
The 3rd Annual ROCKTOBERFEST will be held on Friday, October 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Dan Foley Cultural Center, located at 1461 N. Camino Alto.
Tickets are $40 per person available by calling "DK" at (707) 342-2304 or Kathe at (707) 567-4650. Join the Vallejo Rotary Club for a fun filled evening to raise money for Vallejo Rotary's community projects.
Attendees will enjoy an all-you-can-eat/all-you-can-drink celebration featuring great German/American food and various festive drinks. German dancers from the Golden Gate Bavarian Club will be performing and providing games.
In between the dancing and games, guests will be entertained by Harvey and the Wallbangers, a Motown, classic rock and modern rock band.
Food items include sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, apple strudel and more. Drink items will include domestic beer, German ales and a variety of local wines.

Vallejo Community Arts Foundation Presents
Vallejo Art Windows
A fundraiser to benefit VCAF’s Children’s Summer Art Camp

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Windows Art Tours – Maps & Guided Tours 6:30pm-8pm - FREE
Odd Fellows Hall [342 Georgia Street, Vallejo, CA  94590]
Live Music & Dancing with Raymond Victor 8pm
Casino-Gourmet Delights-Auction
 $20 for appetizers and gaming chips or $5 suggested door admission
Purchase advance tickets by phone @707.552.2400, online @ or in person @ Empress Theatre Box Office located at 330 Virginia Street
Rhonda Lucile Hicks/publicity at 707.747.0320 or
Erin Bakke/project co-ordinator at 702.339.4249 or
Sean Murdock/curator at 239-822-8862 or

Innovative Art Exhibition Gives Vacant Storefronts A Second Glance -
(Vallejo, CA) The Vallejo Art Windows project is sparking economic interest in downtown Vallejo with their free window art tour followed by a live music, dance and auction fundraiser on Saturday, October 5th.  The Vallejo Arts Windows exhibition will kick off with a free guided tours in historic Downtown Vallejo, when guests will be able to tour the installation windows.  Maps will be available and free artist guided tours will meet at the Odd Fellows Hall on Georgia Street from 6:30pm to 8pm.  Artists will be on hand to talk about their artwork.
The event will also serve as a fundraiser with a live music, dance, gourmet delights and auction for Vallejo Community Arts Foundation(VCAF).  Proceeds from the fundraising event will beneft VCAF’s annual Children’s Summer Art Camp and will fun future Art Windows programming.
The Vallejo Art Windows installation is a project designed to improve the aesthetic appeal of Vallejo’s downtown district while promoting artists and their creative vision.  Though it is hosted and will be promoted by several organizations, it is the concerned building owners, artists, and Vallejo citizens who are responsible for its creation and implementation.
The program will feature the works of local and Bay Area artists in vacant storefronts in the downtown blocks of Georgia, Virginia and Marin Streets.   Installations will remain in the windows for a year, or until the space they occupy is leased. 
The Vallejo Art Windows exhibit is presented by Vallejo Community Arts Foundation in partnership with the Central Core Restoration Corporation, Odd Fellows Lodge #43, The Hub, Carleton Senior Living and Clearview Window Cleaning.                                          
The Vallejo Community Arts Foundation(VCAF) was founded  in 1991 and aims to facilitate and advocate Vallejo community participation in the Arts, including the promotion of the rich history of the Arts in Vallejo, the development of educational programs and support for Vallejo Arts organizations, and the celebration of Vallejo’s unique cultural diversity through the expressions of Art.  For more information visit

2013-10-12 Film Production Potluck (an MMTB Director’s Challenge)
Saturday, 12 to 8pm at the JONES RANCH in FAIRFIELD [4534 Suisun Valley Rd]
More info about this event at [link], and more events at [].
Contact []
Come Make Short Films with us! JUST SHOW UP, WE WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH IT!!!
Potluck-Bring a Food item for a discount and Enjoy the BUFFET.
$10 to get in with food- $20 no food or no registration
REGISTER Once for entry to all future events.
IMDB CREDIT for all MMTB Made Films and Participants!!!
- WRITERS… We make short films on the spot at our events and write the story on the spot! Show what you got and how your ideas flow, meet new filmmakers, get known…. Come write some shorts with us!
- ACTORS… We make short films on the spot at our events and NO AUDITION NECESSARY! Stories are written on the spot based on your character. - just $10 and food item to get in.
- DIRECTORS… We make short films on the spot at our events. You can either be assigned a DP and team, Bring your own, OR Shoot Yourself and get in FREE
- PA's and ALL OTHER CREW… We make short films on the spot at our events come get on a team or, help during setup and closing up and you can get on an average of 3-9 short films that day for credit.
Both the 5th Short Indies Film Fest screening, Sept. 22nd, Sunday, 5pm and 6th Short Indies Film Fest Oct. 21st, Sunday, 5pm, are at the Old George Lucas Theatre @ 32TEN Studios in San Rafael CA []. More info about the event here [link].
COME be in a Short Film, Shoot a Short Film, or Write a Short Film with us every 2nd Saturday until Oct 2013!

Empress Theatre Presents
Ray Obiedo and Mistura Fina
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 8pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA  94590]
All Ages Venue
$17/advance and $20/door General Admission
Beer-Wine-Martini Bar
tickets and information [707.552.2400] []
Latin jazz meets Brazilian and Carribean music on Empress stage -
Guitarist and composer, Ray Obiedo, formed Mistura Fina  to explore his great love of Latin music. Obiedo brings his band, made up from some of the Bay Area’s best musicians, to the Empress Theatre in Vallejo on Saturday, October 19th at 8pm. 
Obiedo’s compositions for the group are drawn from his many musical influences --including contemporary jazz, funk, Caribbean, R&B, pop and Latin music. Mistura Fina works with a wonderfully rich array of textures and colors, melding together all of its musical elements for a delightfully distinctive Bay Area flavor. While there is the heavy influence of Brazilian & Afro Cuban rhythms, a traditional West Coast Latin Jazz sound is always at the core of this ensemble.
In his illustrious career, Ray has played and/or toured with Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Julian Priester, Mark Soskin, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Rose Ann Diamalanta.
The rhythm section includes some of Obiedo’s mainstays over the past few years --vocalist Sandy Cressman, steel pan master Phil Hawkins, reed player Alex Murzyn, pianist Bob Karty, bassist Dave Belove, percussionist Derek Rolando, and drummer Phil Thompson.

About Ray Obiedo -
Contemporary jazz composer and guitarist Obiedo has had an eclectic musical background during his youth spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. The sounds of Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Henry Mancini and the popular sounds of Motown Records influenced his early musical persona. Probably the greatest influence on his embryonic career, however, was the James Brown revue, whose funky, percussive guitar sounds was the platform on which Obiedo built his technique.
He joined organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith on a U S tour in 1974, then ECM Records trombonist Julian Priester on his first European outing in 1977. A world tour in 1978-79 with jazz superstar Herbie Hancock in 1978-79 is still one Ray’s most treasured musical memories.
Ray also started his long association with the great Pete Escovedo which continues today. His own fusion band, Kick, included a young Sheila Escovedo on drums and Sonny Rollins associate Mark Soskin on keyboards. In the mid 80s his reputation grew as one of California's finest exponents of jazz, pop and fusion. His other outlet during this time was the pop-rock vehicle Rhythmus 21, wherein he worked with other prominent session musicians from the Bay Area. His own session experience is considerable, having partnered with artists including Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Grover Washington Jr., Bill Summers and The Whispers.
Obiedo's solo compositions also attracted acclaim, and saw interpretations from Tower of Power, Sheila E, Marion Meadows, steel pan great Andy Narell, jazz guitarist Bruce Forman and The Pete Escovedo Orchestra. Parts of his work have appeared on film soundtracks, most notably Michael Caine's A Shock To The System and Richard Gere's Internal Affairs.
Such notoriety co-existed with Obiedo's rising status as a solo artist, recording a clutch of 90’s albums for Windham Hill Jazz while leading The Ray Obiedo Group on club dates and concerts.  Obiedo made his solo debut with 1989's Perfect Crime, followed two years later by Iguana; with 1993's Sticks and Stones, he reached the Top Ten on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz charts. After 1995's African-influenced Zulaya, he resurfaced two years later with Sweet Summer Days. 1999 saw the release of The Modern World, a hybrid of R&B, pop, and Latin jazz.
Photo Credit: Copyright Ray Obiedo

The Empress Theatre Presents
Hot House Legends: Tribute to Eli’s Mile High club
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 7pm-10pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA  94590]
All Ages Venue
General Admission is $7/advance and $9/door
tickets and information [707.552.2400] []
Empress Theatre Pays Tribute To Iconic Oakland Blues Club -
Hot House Legends looks back over 30 years of blues history to pay tribute to the renowned blues spot known as Eli’s Mile High Club.  The legendary stage played host to James Brown, Etta James, and local favorites Jimmy McCracklin, Lowell Fulson and Sonny Rhodes. 
The blues club, located in a marginal neighborhood in Oakland, was bigger than life and home to the West Coast Blues sound.  There is not a local blues musician in the Bay Area who hasn’t played or been influenced by the scene at the club located near the McArthur Boulevard BART station.
Eli’s passed through the hands of many colorful owners, one was shot and killed by his jealous love in 1978, but finally hit on hard times and is now a punk rock club.
Bass player, Timm Walker, decided to pay tribute to the club that nurtured many generations of blues talent and has gathered some of the players who were part of the Eli’s scene throughout the years.
Walker will be joined by:
* Steve Gannon - guitar
* Oscar Myers - trumpet
* Julien Vaught - sax
* Larrie Noble - guitar
* Wilson Brooks -drums
* Simon Russell - keys
* Mark Hummel - harmonica
Previous Hot House performers have included Johnny Rawls, Big Mo and The Full Moon Blues Band, Frank Bey & Anthony Paule, Generation Esmeralda, The Volker Strifler Band, Zydedo Flames and Terry Hanck.

October 25th to 27th , TJ Walkup presents... 
A Curated Punk & Edge Arts Event, to benefit youth music programs partnered with the Mira Theater Guild 501c3 non-profit in Vallejo! with Multiple Stages, and a DIY 'zine library & exchange (Make and Bring your 'zines)!
* October 25th to 27th at the Mira Theatre Guild's Bay Terrace Theatre [] [51 Daniels Ave. Vallejo]
* October 26th at the Empress Theatre [] [330 Virginia St., Vallejo]
Music & Zines! Join the Zombie Costume contest and win a prize! Or, come as You Are!
All Ages (no alcohol / drugs / violence) and Inclusive (no sexism / racism)
You Are Your Own Authority!
Featuring performances by:
* Death Valley High
* N/A (of Oakland)

Live @ the TownHouse [401-A Georgia st., Vallejo, at the corner of Marin st.]
Fri Nov 1st, 10pm
* Cluster Phunk
* Snake Skin Nite
21+, FREE

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